OECD Study on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Observatory
Strengthening the Implementation of International Standards
The effective control of animal diseases and zoonoses requires co-ordinated policy
action among countries. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), an intergovernmental
organisation, offers a comprehensive framework increasing transparency on animal disease
status, strengthening national veterinary services, and facilitating safe international
trade of live animals and animal products. To achieve these objectives, OIE Members
adopt a number of voluntary normative instruments, commonly referred to as OIE’s international
standards. While the OIE works to support its Members in implementation, Members continue
to face challenges in the use of these standards. This OECD study provides a diagnostic
of the current state of play of OIE standards and of the data collection mechanisms
that are (or may be) used to gather information on how they are implemented domestically.
Based on this diagnostic, the OECD provides recommendations to support the OIE in
establishing an Observatory to enhance the use and effectiveness of its standards.